Beech (European) 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet of Lumber

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Beech (European) 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet

$173.00 /Pack

1-2 $173.00
3+ $155.70 /Pack (10% off)
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$20.00 East of Mississippi River
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hardwood lumber sizes
Beech lumber pack comes with an assortment of widths and lengths.
Here's what you can expect:
15/16" Thickness

Also known as 4/4, S2S.
Surfaced 2 sides (S2S) to 15/16" actual thickness. May still require you to flatten, plane, shape or sand your project parts to fit your project.

Learn more in our blog: "What Does 4/4 Mean in Lumber?"

4" to 10" Widths

This is the range of widths that are usually available in this pack.

  • Price shown is for a random selection of widths within this range
  • Special hand-selection is avaialble at an additional fee, please contact to inquire
  • Edges are rough sawn
  • Straight edge ripping service is available for a small fee

48" to 84" Lengths

Lengths will vary within this range.

A 20 board foot Project Pack is a great way to buy some lumber because they're simple and we stand behind them with our 100% satisfaction guarantee. A Project Pack includes a total of 20 board feet of our hand-picked lumber, and you'll get a fantastic assortment of widths (typically between 4'' and 10''), and lengths (between 4' and 8'). Purchase a Project Pack when you need enough wood to make a medium sized project like a coffee table or cabinet. As usual, all the lumber is surfaced on two sides (S2S), and kiln dried.

About Beech (Fagus sylvatica)

Weight

3.58

lbs /Bd. Ft.
Same as red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
Hardness

1440

Janka Rating
11.63% harder than red oak (1290 psi)
Density

0.72

Specific Gravity
12.50% more dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Good 3/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 2/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Average 6/10
Red Oak

map of where Beech tree grows
Beech is an exotic wood from Europe

A moderately hard, straight-grained, even-textured wood with great strength properties. Works well with hand and machine tools.

color of Beech
Color Range
Even pale yellow to light tan with distinctive and characteristic dark specks.
the Beech tree
What's The Tree Like?
Called Queen of the Woods because of their large size and stately appearance. Beech trees are reported to commonly reach 100 feet. Trunk diameters are often 4 feet.
other names for Beech
Other Names
Beechwood, European Beech, English Beech, Carpathian Beech, Spanish Beech, French Beech, Romanian Beech, Japanese Beech
uses for Beech
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, chairs, workbenches, carvings, toys, plywood, veneer, flooring.

lumber random widths Random Widths
You will cut and/or glue to create the sizes you need
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Surfaced Smooth S2S
We buy rough sawn lumber and have it surfaced 2 sides (S2S) so you're ready to work
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Kiln Dried
We stock kiln dried lumber and store it in a protected warehouse
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber 83%+ Clear
Unless stated otherwise, we stock Select & Better graded lumber that's at least 83% clear one side
lumber thickness Lumber Compared
Various lumber thickness as compared to one another
  1. Decide how much board footage you need
  2. Factor in enough to work with! You'll want to arrange grain patterns, sort color, fix mistakes, run test cuts, make finish samples, etc.
  3. Lumber comes in random widths and lengths. If you need special size considerations, please let us know by using the "Minimum Size Request" box in the order form or by confirming your needs by phone or email.
  4. Expect your final amount of footage to change slightly. Buying by the board foot is an exercise in estimation, therefore we don't know the precise amount of footage you'll receive (and be billed for) until we physically select the wood for your order.
  5. We want to get your order right! So we may need to contact you for clarification. Please use a good phone and email during checkout.

This is the unit of measurement for hardwood lumber when it's bought/sold in random widths and random lengths.

Board footage is a measurement of volume, and it's abbreviated Bd. Ft.

One board foot is equal to 144 cubic inches.

board foot formula

It's a fraction that refers to rough (RGH) sawn thickness of lumber, and it tells you approximately how many quarters of an inch make up the thickness.

Surfaced lumber is thinner because it started out as rough sawn but it's been planed smooth. Planing removes thickness.

Rough Sawn (RGH) Surfaced (S2S)
4/4 ~1" 13/16"
5/4 ~1-1/4" 1-1/16"
6/4 ~1-1/2" 1-5/16"
8/4 ~2" 1-13/16"
12/4 ~3" 2-13/16"

Unless otherwise specified, our lumber is "Surfaced 2 Sides" or S2S for short.

Check out our article if you want the full explanation.

If you can cut your own pieces to size, here's how we can help:

  1. Enter requirements into the order form where it says, "Minimum Size Request"
  2. Tell us what you want to acheive or make
  3. You will receive wood that can yeild what you need. (You will create the final size)
  4. We may need to contact you for clarification

You will cut and/or join your material to create the finished sizes you need. We'll pick out wood that will give you enough to do that. For this reason, the final amount of footage you receive in your order will be slightly different, and your final billed charge will be different.

If you want to only buy pieces of an exact size, that will be sold differently. Please contact us for a custom quote.

Sadly, wood cannot be 100% guaranteed to be clear on both sides all the time. Most of our lumber is graded "Select" and better, which means it's at minimum 83% clear on one side.
Hardwood grades explained

Customer Ratings & Reviews

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Ratings Snapshot
4.5
out of 5
5 (10)
4 (1)
3 (1)
2 (1)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
84.6%
4.5
out of 5
5 (10)
4 (1)
3 (1)
2 (1)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
84.6%
13 Total Reviews
June 20, 2019
3 out of 5
Euro beech
Review by  Eroc from MI
I built a nice table with a 20 bdf pack a couple of years ago. This pack does not come close to the previous . Straight edged ripped was ok but other side was scary wavy and beveled. Between the rough planing snipes, there was a lot of waste. One board the end was warped so another six inches lost. Wood was fairly clear. It was on sale so I guess it's one of those things.
Verified Buyer
June 5, 2018
2 out of 5
Disappointing second order
Review by  art from PNW
This is my second order, my first being in 2016 of 2 project packs. This 2018 order is a major let down compared to 2016. My 2016 order consisted of 17 boards: all but one 8' long; the majority 5-6" wide with 4 boards over 8" wide; and one 8'x7.5" board with subtle but beautiful figuring. Unpacking and handling that order put a smile on my face. This latest order is the exact opposite: of the 30-something board, not a single one is over 6': all but 5 are less than 6" wide with 2 of the widest boards less than 5' long; not a single board with any figuring or outstanding features; and mild checking and unsound edge-knots in some of the boards. I never smiled once as I unpacked this order (3 packages) and loaded it onto my lumber rack. I used all but 2 boards from my first order to build a king bed, and without 7' boards, I would've been sunk. The 10" board worked perfectly as a head board and the figured board is beautiful as a foot board. I simply wouldn't have been able to do the project with this latest order. Sitting on my lumber rack, this latest order really stands out compared to the remaining two boards from 2016, and not in a good way. I know I ordered in board feet, and it may just be luck of the draw, but compared to my 2016 order, this one is a complete disappointment. Sure, the wood is nice enough, but it feels like I was sent a bundle of toothpicks out of the short-rejects pile. That or their supplier is only sending them 6' lumber, which is a different problem altogether.
August 28, 2017
5 out of 5
Beautiful
Review by  Bryan W from Spring, Tx
I'm completely happy with my shipment. Well protected, boards were very attractive wide and some narrow. First time to work with beech. Very beautiful once milled and smoothed. Pleasure to work with hand planes.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
August 18, 2016
5 out of 5
beech
Review by  Glenn from Glenns Ferry Idaho
great wood look great when finished
Verified Buyer
Recommended
August 13, 2016
5 out of 5
European beech project pack
Review by  jaybob from Santa Fe, NM
Wood has good straight grain. Good variety of lengths and widths for many projects. Planes well. Order was packed well in cardboard for protection
Verified Buyer
Recommended
July 25, 2016
5 out of 5
Alan
Review by  Anonymous 
Great quality, straight and clear. Well packaged too.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
13 Total Reviews
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